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Ears To The Street: Fur Trend


L-to-R: Banana Republic, Yves Saint Laurent, J. Mendel, Chanel.

L-to-R: Banana Republic, Yves Saint Laurent, J. Mendel, Chanel.

Known as one of the oldest materials ever used for clothing, fur is definitely not a stranger to Fashion Runways.  The trend can be credited all the way back to cave men and women who used this material along with animal skin, to cover themselves from their natural environment. As time passed and people evolved fur became sort of a luxury item. And what had once started as functionality, with the introduction of the Victorian era, fur was now not only luxurious and opulent but also extremely fashionable. People of noble stature such as royalty and high priests essentially kicked off the trend now known as fur coats, fur capes and fur scarves. And with over thirteen different designers showcasing the material, it’s hard to say when the fur trend will ever end.

L-to-R: Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, J. Mendel,

L-to-R: Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, J. Mendel,

Frankly it’s hard not to admire what this material can actually produce as an end product.  While I am by no means condoning cruelty to animals, you can’t really talk about fur without talking about its controversial factor: animal cruelty.
I won’t lie, some of the collections recently revealed by Prada, Miu Miu and the likes, showed a beautiful array of furs; Purple-dyed fur skirts, fuchsia-dyed shawls, hats, scarves, etc. You name it and it was present on the runways. I can’t knock the level of creativity needed to make this lavish material appear even more extravagant; tempting me to indulge.

L-to-R: Dennis Basso, J. Mendel, Jean Paul Gaultier.

L-to-R: Dennis Basso, J. Mendel, Jean Paul Gaultier.

When Karl Lagerfeld chooses to send his collection down the timeless Chanel runways, there’s almost an unspoken anticipation to see his new take on all the trends, fur included.  And although we’re not indigenous or live in an undeveloped area where an actual need for fur would be justified, let alone tolerated; We can indulge on its greatly disguised complement: faux-fur!

L-to-R: Gap.com, wood ring by Avalaya.com, topshop.com, forever21.com.

L-to-R: Gap.com, wood ring by Avalaya.com, topshop.com, forever21.com.

With the exception of vintage furs, faux-fur clothing and accessories are a hot new commodity. Department stores and e-commerce alike have an abundant range of faux-fur items. Some are to be worn with caution, while others can easily be incorporated into our everyday attire. Don’t be afraid to try new things and to play around.  A cute sequined-dress under a faux-fur vest worn with a pair of ankle booties makes for a classy yet fun look. Or a bright mini-skirt coupled with a solid black shirt worn with a vintage leopard fur coat; don’t forget the sparkly cocktail ring! That outfit makes me want to go out right now, actually.

L-to-R: furtrim skirt @ Etsy.com, Peter Pan collar @ Asos.com, earmuffs @ Topshop.com, Asos.com booties, Metro Park dress.

L-to-R: furtrim skirt @ Etsy.com, Peter Pan collar @ Asos.com, earmuffs @ Topshop.com, Asos.com booties, Metro Park dress.

The holidays are coming up so that’s the perfect time to dress it up. Wear your favorite fur coat over a little black dress, gloves, stilettos and lots of jewels. You could even dress it down with a fur scarf, or fur earmuffs, and your favorite grey skinnies. And let’s not forget the fur-trimmed boots that are so in right now (boots with the fur, hey!), mix and match any of these items for a look that’s not only luxurious, but bound to keep you warm in the upcoming days.

What do you think of this trend?


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One Response to “Ears To The Street: Fur Trend”

  1. Summer says:

    FAUX all the way. I think it’s sad so many designers feel the need to associate luxury with killing an animal.

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